FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organisation in the world, so this collaboration represents something very significant. New Zealanders can also search using the NZ version of FamilySearch.
Whilst seemingly of not much interest, probate files actually contain invaluable information for researchers and historians and are particularly useful for genealogists. Anyone who owned property and was of sound mind the right to leave a will. which is then used in the first part of the probate process. In additions to wills, probate files contain a wide range of different documents such as property records, death certificates and affidavits.
Archives NZ has information about probate files including a fact sheet about probate files held in the Auckland office and another about Personal Identity.
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Find out more about this project. The next project planned is the 'Intentions to Marry' files.
Auckland Libraries has in its heritage collections a wide selection of probate resources including probate files from around the world, as well as guides and indexes to probate files.